Starting at the beginning: I used to be very active in sports, playing all kinds of sports and strength training. And I thought I was living healthy enough by focusing on that. Food was really only a small part of my focus. Other than drinking proteïn shakes for recovery, I didn’t give it much thought. Of course, as a young student, I also had my fair share of alcohol. So I struggled with skin issues, getting a little more fat every year and definitely not performing at the level I could have, both physically and mentally. At my worst, I was drinking alcohol and eating french fries everyday, becoming overweight and wondering why I was getting these large pimples and rashes all over my body. A chronic injury left me unable to be as active in sports as I used to be so I struggled to lose the weight. I bettered myself eventually and regained a relatively normal lifestyle. As almost everyone on this planet, I thought I knew quite a bit about healthy eating, but I was completely in the dark.
Finding a solution
As the internet made information on nutrition more easily available, I gained some practical insights. But I still was frustrated with all the contradictory statements that everybody was making when I had a conversation about food and health. Finally, becoming a father in 2015, I wanted to put a stop to all this nonsense and took up officially studying nutrition to become a dietitian. Funnily enough, this didn’t help me at all in terms of my own health. In fact, it had the opposite effect.
Nothing they taught me at the University actually made any real sense. I got to a point where I was convinced it all didn’t really matter. Calorie counting, variation and moderation were said to be the solution. So I was confused, untill I discovered the ketogenic diet in 2017. I ‘went keto’ and started to do my own research into the science of this way of eating. I learned more and more about diabetes and how, in short, it is the basis of most chronic disease we encounter today. Knowing that my grandfather had type 2 diabetes and that my father is currently overweight with super high blood pressure issues (I’m suspecting undiagnosed type 2 DM), I wanted to escape a similar fate.
Following a ketogenic diet gave me my first insights into what is actually possible by changing the way you eat. My weight went down without losing muscle mass, skin got a lot better, stable mood, less cravings, etc. etc.
Then, in 2018 I heard about people doing the carnivore diet, which sounded utterly ridiculous at the time. But, I remembered I also had some pre-conceived notions about the ketogenic diet that turned out to be wrong. So I tried the carnivore diet and it took all the effects of the ketogenic diet to the next level. There were two big differences. One, the dissipation of anxious thoughts or worrying about stuff. And two, the fact that my body was returning to its natural composition. I have a slender build and although I wasn’t overweight at 193 cm and 87-90 kg, I had forgotten how it feels to have a body that matches my genetics (now 78-80 kg). And all this while exercising less and sleeping poorly because of my third child being born.
How will you benefit?
You will skip a lot of the unnecessary uncertainty, trial and error that comes with trying things on your own. I have been guilty of this myself and want to save you from making this mistake. You will set attractive and achievable goals and together, we will make sure you reach them. Combining my background in nutrition and coaching with the MeatRx certification gives you a valuable partner in the most valuable area of your life, your health. If you don’t have a clear vision yet, we will find out what drives you so you can motivate yourself. I will be cheering you on. Helping people that had to struggle with their health is what drives me everyday. So let me help you and select a time above for a coaching call.
Off course, if you just want answers to questions you have regarding the carnivore diet and your personal situation, I am happy to help. Feel free to first look at our FAQ page for some quick answers. During our session, we can go more in depth into things like the health research, or into the environmental debate. Other good resources to be informed about nutrition and that I like are the Low Carb Down Under website, The Ancestry Foundation website and youtube channels of Shawn Baker and Food Lies